Monday, August 12, 2013

My 2013 Buffalo Bills Starting Team

by Steve

Who needs more than one preseason game to determine their starting line up?  Evidently not me, so here is my starting lineup 9/8/13 v the New England Patriots:

WR1: Stevie Johnson
Slot: Robert Woods
LT: Cordy Glenn
LG: Colin Brown
C: Eric Wood
QB: EJ Manuel
RG: Craig Urbik
RT: Chris Hairston
TE: Scott Chandler
WR2: Marcus Easley

Not sure if Hairston will be on the PUP list to start the season but since I'm not sold on Eric Pears, Hairston is the starter any way. Left guard is a toss up and I would give the edge to Legursky based solely on his name sounding football-ish but Brown is a gut decision at this point. EJ Manuel is obvious because Kolb gets hurt walking from one practice field to the next let alone actually playing.  On the Bills official depth chart they laughingly have TJ Graham as the other outside WR but in reality it will be Easley or Woods, I have Woods in the slot but that is interchangeable with Johnson on the outside.

CB1: Stephon Gilmore
LOLB: Manny Lawson
LDE: Alex Carrington
MLB: Kiko Alonso
FS: Da'Norris Searcy
T: Kyle Williams
MLB: Nigel Bradham
RDE: Marcell Dareus
ROLB: Mario Williams
SS: Aaron Williams
CB2: Leodis McKelvin

Who knows what the base defense will actually be but I'm rolling with a 3-4 so tough titties. Kyle Williams is vastly overrated but with this depth he is out there, make or break year for Dareus and any Carrington production is a bonus at this point.  I am assuming Byrd will come back after the 4th preseason game and won't start out of spite.  If the Bills brass didn't over pay McKelvin I would pencil someone like Crezdon Butler in as the corner opposite Gilmore but whatever.  Time for Bradham to step his game up and break the FSU curse.

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